The Battle for the Box Office rages on as we enter August. As always, we turn to the incredible The Numbers for the latest in box office projections.
We get another new number one movie at the domestic box office. DC League of Super-Pets takes the top spot with a debut weekend of $23 million at the domestic box office. That debut number was lower than most projections. Warner Bros is probably a bit concerned about the legs for this movie over the course of August.
The worldwide box office clocked in at $41.4 million. DC League of Super-Pets had a production budget of $90 million. Throw in another estimated $45 million for the marketing budget. DC League of Super-Pets will need to make roughly $270 million in the worldwide box office in order to break even. This movie has a long climb ahead of it.
Nope fell to second place with a 58% drop and an estimated $18.5 million at the domestic box office. Again, Nope has not had a worldwide release, so it is sitting at a total of $80 million domestically. With a $68 million production budget and an estimated $35 million marketing budget, the target number for Universal to break even is roughly $200 million.
Nope is going to have to perform well when it debuts in the international market for Universal to turn a profit. Keep in mind that Get Out only did $76 million at the International box office. Us only did $81 million at the International box office. This is going to be a tough road ahead for Universal to turn a profit.
Thor: Love and Thunder continued its backslide as it dropped to third place in its fourth week in theaters. The MCU machine continues to show cracks in its armor. Thor: Love and Thunder brought in $13 million at the domestic box office. The worldwide box office now stands at $662 million. Thor: Love and Thunder continue to underperform compared to projections. We already did the math. Thor: Love and Thunder needs to hit $700 million before it turns a profit for Disney.
Thor: Love and Thunder is now entering its fifth week and its numbers are dropped quickly. I still think that Thor: Love and Thunder is going to eventually pass the $700 mark. But, it will not go much past $700 million. This has to be a huge disappointment for Disney. This should also be a cause for concern when coupled with Ms. Marvel’s terrible ratings and the increase of negative press for the MCU in normally friendly mainstream news outlets. Disney is pushing all of its chips on the MCU over the course of 2023 and 2024. The last thing Disney can afford is for the audience to begin to suffer MCU fatigue.
Minions: Rise of Gru took fourth place with $10.8 million at the domestic box office. The worldwide box office now stands at $710 million. With just an $80 million production budget and an estimated $40 million marketing budget, Universal has turned a massive profit off of this movie.
Top Gun: Maverick rounds out the Top 5 with $8.2 million at the domestic box office. This brings the worldwide box office to a whopping $1.32 billion. Just amazing.
All right, that is it for this week! Now that we are in August, it will be interesting to see if the domestic box office can finish the summer strong!